By Mr Knibbs Eric
Ansgar and Rimbert, ninth-century bishops and missionaries to Denmark and Sweden, are furnishings of medieval ecclesiastical heritage. infrequent is the survey that doesn't pause to say their paintings one of the pagan peoples of the North and their starting place of an archdiocese founded at Hamburg and Bremen. yet Ansgar and Rimbert have been additionally smart forgers who wove a posh tapestry of myths and half-truths approximately themselves and their venture. They labored with the tacit approval-if now not the outright cooperation-of kings and popes to craft a fictional account of Ansgar's existence and paintings. the genuine tale, very diverse from that present in our heritage books, hasn't ever been informed: Ansgar didn't came across any archdiocese in any respect. particularly, the belief of Hamburg-Bremen in simple terms took root within the 10th century, and royal sponsorship of the challenge to Denmark and Sweden ended with the loss of life of Louis the Pious.
This publication particular philological and diplomatic research with broader old contextualization to overturn the consensus view at the uncomplicated reliability of the root records and Rimbert's Vita Anskarii. by way of revising our figuring out of Carolingian northeastern growth after Charlemagne, it presents new perception into the political and ecclesiastical heritage of early medieval Europe.
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Ansgar, Rimbert and the Forged Foundations of Hamburg-Bremen (Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West) by Mr Knibbs Eric